For many people involved in vehicle accidents in Louisiana, it isn't difficult to point to visible evidence of their bodily injury. It's not hard to miss broken bones, lacerations, and cracked teeth. But some of the most common injuries related to vehicle accidents don't leave any visible marks. Known as soft-tissue injuries, these often take the form of tears, sprains, and general muscle soreness.
A vehicle accident often usually involves sudden jolts that can violently move the human body in different directions. These impacts can cause the muscles and ligaments to strain and sprain on impact. What's more, bracing for impact can often make these injuries worse. The impact can cause muscles and tendons to stretch and twist, leading to a variety of symptoms including pain, stiffness, and loss of function. The damage to soft tissue can lead to lingering inflammation that can be extremely painful for both the short and long term.
Diagnosing soft-tissue injuries is difficult despite this type of injury being a common occurrence in motor vehicle accidents. Not only do soft-tissue injuries not have outward visible symptoms but they also cannot be detected using x-rays. Complicating these injuries is the fact that the symptoms can be slow to develop. A person can feel perfectly healthy immediately after an accident only to find themselves debilitated with pain from head to toe a few hours later.
An individual that has received soft-tissue injuries from a vehicle accident may have a claim for damages against the responsible party. However, it can be difficult to secure compensation because of the difficulty in detecting soft-tissue injuries. An attorney with experience in personal injury law may be able to assist that individual in proving the severity of their injuries to the responsible party or their insurance company. An attorney may also be able to negotiate a settlement or pursue those damages through the legal system.